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Milo Ventimiglia Picked Up a Surprising Trait from His ‘This Is Us’ Character
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He may not be a father in real life, but Milo Ventimiglia plays a darn good one on TV. So it’s no surprise that playing Jack Pearson on This Is Us makes his paternal instincts tingle, even when the cameras aren’t rolling.

“I’m definitely the father, [Mandy Moore is] definitely the mother. But I think we both feel protective of our group, not just our cast but our entire group,” he told Us Weekly.

He continued to boost his dad résumé, saying, “There is a level of looking out for everyone. I know Susan [Kelechi Watson] has called me ‘Papa Pearson’ or ‘Papa Bear’ before. So if she says it, it must be true.”

Moore recently confirmed Ventimiglia’s sentiments to PureWow, saying, “Milo and I try and watch the show together. We go to [Dan Fogelman’s] office on lunch break…Everybody in the cast just tries to go. That’s kind of become our tradition to do that together.” 

Leave it to the Pearsons to give us all the warm fuzzies. 

RELATED: HERE’S HOW MANDY MOORE & MILO VENTIMIGLIA PASS TIME ON THE ‘THIS IS US’ SET

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